April 26, 2002 - Brad Lidge makes MLB debut with Astros

Brad Lidge grew up in Colorado attending Cherry Creek High School and was picked in the 42nd round by the San Francisco Giants right out of high school. Lidge chose to attend Notre Dame instead of heading straight to the majors and his decision would pay off. At Notre Dame, he would earn Big East Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a junior in 1998 under head coach Paul Maineiri.

After his junior season, Brad Lidge was taken in the first round as the 17th pick of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft by the Houston Astros. Several major injuries (torn rotator cuff and a broken forearm) set him back early on but today would be his major league debut against the Atlanta Braves.

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With the Astros, he would be the winning pitcher as one of six pitchers that combined to pitch a no-no against the Yankees in 2003 (the most recent no hitter in Astro history. Lidge would later go on to win a World Series with the Phillies in 2008 while recording 48 saves in 48 opportunities between both the regular season and post season. Now with the Washington Nationals, he is the team's closer.

Keywords: baseball, brad lidge, paul maineiri, houston astros, washington nationals

Posted On: 2012-04-26 00:15:01 by IrishTrpt07
Edited On: 2012-06-07 14:46:52 by IrishTrpt07


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   Posted By: Stapleton at 2012-04-26 08:02:38[#1]
Love this post. More Phillies posts.
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